Douglas Perry, 62, has sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2000 and now uses the name Donna. Now charged with three counts of murder, Perry was linked through DNA evidence to the killings of Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe. Perry allegedly confessed to a cell mate to killing nine women “because he (Perry) couldn’t breed and the women had the ability to have children and they were wasting it being ‘pond scum.'” He also told law enforcement that he has sex reassignment surgery “as a permanent way to control violence.” You can watch a local news video of this story here.
Perry apparently will defend against the charges by saying that it is not Donna Perry but Douglas Perry who killed the women. When detectives interviewed Perry and asked why the murders had stopped, he replied, “Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it,” according to the affidavit. Since then, Perry said he is “paranoid and emotional but won’t hurt anybody.”
“I’m not going to admit I killed anybody, I didn’t. Donna has killed nobody,” he told police. When pressed if “Doug did” the killings, Perry replied, “I don’t know if Doug did or not, it was 20 years ago and I have no idea whether he did or did not,” according to the affidavit.
It is unclear whether Perry will claim it is “misgendering” to accuse him of murder now that he identifies as Donna. It is also not uncommon for transwomen to express envy of actual women’s reproductive capacity as Perry has. So-called “pregnancy envy” will frame women’s vulnerability to impregnation as a form of privilege women have over transwomen. In January, Stephanie Mott described delight at the thought of a uterus transplant into a man thusly: